October 31, 2013
By Kip Hanson
Ever since that big investment firm acquired us last year, Spacely's Space Sprockets has been struggling. I can't blame the investors. They provided an infusion of much needed cash, brought in a pair of high-tech, multi-axis machining centres, and agreed to replace our aging ERP system. At their request, we'd even brought in an efficiency expert to help us implement Six Sigma best practices.
March 3, 2012
by Andrew Milivojevich
Statistical process control (SPC) is a decision tool developed in the 1920's by Walter Shewhart. Walter was a physicist and the father of modern day SPC. His work was motivated by a simple question, â€œhow do we know when a process is behaving abnormally?â€
February 3, 2012
by Tim Wilson
Tactile coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and vision based non-contact systems each have their advantages. But combining the two in a single system can provide more measurement data more quickly to improve process control feedback, as well as saving time and cost, compared to measuring parts on several different systems.
October 7, 2011
Offer the term “metrology equipment” to a group of industrial or manufacturing engineers in a word-association test and it's highly likely CMM (coordinate measuring machine) would be the response.